One family's journey to hear God's calling, overcome our fears, and be obedient to Him!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Meeting Redjina - God's Majesty!

During my recent visit to Haiti I spent a lot of time talking with Redjina. Her English continues to improve and we are able to talk more in length. During our conversations we will write some words down on paper to help clarify when we don’t understand the others pronunciations. And we sometimes need to look up words to translate meanings. But all in all we are able to communicate very effectively.

That said, I want to share something that God revealed during this past trip. This story is so amazing to me that it is obvious that only God could have orchestrated it, and for which only He deserves the glory!

I arrived in Tabarre around mid-day on Wednesday, May 4th. Jesula had not yet arrived from Camatin and Redjina was still in school. So, I spent some time with Ricot discussing the status of the adoption process for both girls. With regards to Redjina, Ricot said the only outstanding item he needed was to obtain a Death Certificate for her deceased father. Although I had never discussed Redjina’s father with her, I understood he had died when she was very young. Anyway, Ricot said he hoped to have the Death Certificate within a week and at that point everything needed would be in the attorney’s hands.

On Thursday evening Redjina and I were alone talking. During the conversation and to my surprise Redjina said, “Popi I miss my father”. For some time I have been hoping the opportunity would arise for Redjina and I to discuss her family and childhood. Well, here was my chance to learn more. I asked her, “Jina why do you miss your father?” to which she replied, “because he die.” I told her about my mother dying when I was young and how I still miss her 30 years later. Then I asked the question to which God revealed his majesty. I simply asked, “baby, when did your father die?” She thought for a minute, like she does when she is trying to figure out how to answer in English and in a manner I will understand. Then she said, “Popi, do you remember when you brought mommi to meet Jesula for the first time, and I met you?” I said “yes baby, that was last October...”

Looking back, Shawna and I met Redjina by chance when we travelled to Haiti last October for the sole purpose of Shawna meeting Jesula for the first time. We spent only a day, October 29th, in Tabarre where Redjina lives, before going onto Camatin with Jesula. During those few hours in Tabarre on October 29th Redjina made a very profound impression on us. God placed her so heavily on our hearts that day, that after we left her there, Shawna and I could not get her out of our thoughts. Within a couple of weeks, following a lot of prayer and discussion, we knew God was leading us through a chance meeting to adopt her, and that we did!

Anyway, back to my conversation with Redjina. So, I had asked Redjina the question, “when did your father die?” To which she replied, “Popi, do you remember when you brought mommi to meet Jesula for the first time, and I met you?” To which I said, “yes baby, that was last October, it was October 29th”. Then, in a shaky voice Redjina said, “my father die that day I met you.” I was stunned. In my mind I questioned if that was possible. I thought maybe she was confused. I questioned her again and she appeared sure about that being the day. We talked a little longer and soon decided it was time to sleep. Needless to say I had a hard time sleeping that night.

The next day on Friday, Ricot came to me and said he had gotten Redjina’s father’s Death Certificate and handed it to me. The first thing I saw when I looked at it was, ‘Date of Death: October 29, 2010’. I asked Ricot about her father. Ricot said her father was injured in the earthquake, January 12, 2010, and had indeed died shortly after Shawna and I left Tabarre on October 29, 2010.

How Great is our God? I am just in awe to see myself placed in the middle of God’s eternal plan. To realize that God’s plan included what I thought was a chance meeting with Redjina, only to find out many months later that her father died on the same day that I met her and that God placed her in my heart. I have no doubt that my family is Living a Part in God’s Story!


I will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works. Psalm 145:5

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Dreaming of Our Sweet Girls

I travelled to Haiti this past week, May 4-9, 2011. The purpose of my trip was two-fold with the obvious reason being to spend time with my two beautiful girls, Jesula and Redjina. But I also went at the invitation of my dear friend Mona Louis Juste to attend her 50th Birthday Party.

I had a wonderful time with Jesula and Redjina. We shared a lot of special moments, laughs, and tears. I had some really special conversations with Redjina, about her mother and father who are deceased, and her childhood. I visited where Redjina lived with her guardian sweet Saintela, in Savanne Pistache. I will share an amazing story soon about how God brought Redjina and I together in a way only He could orchestrate.

I had a great time with Ricot. We worked on adoption paperwork, took Redjina to the doctor, met with our attorney, and also found time to get out and have some fun. Ricot is a hard working man that truly loves the girls in the orphanage. I am honored to call him my friend.

My sweet friend Mona had a wonderful birthday party. There must have been 75 people in attendance. And even though I perhaps looked out of place, I felt so at home with people that I have become so very close too. Thank you Mona for having me to be a part of your special day. It was an honor.

I'm home now and as always I miss Jesula and Redjina more than anyone could imagine or understand. I can't kiss them goodnight. I can't see them when I wake up. I can't hear Jesula singing and giggling. I can’t hear Redjina say “wow” or “I love you popi”. I miss them terribly, so much it hurts. Sometimes when I lay in bed at night and close my eyes, I can smell their hair. I remember what it feels like when they hold my hand. When I am able to sleep I dream about them. I dream about what it will be like the day they travel home with me. I dream about things we will do as a family one day. I dream about the things God has planned for us!


I'm praying for God to do amazing things to bring them home. So amazing and fast that only He can have the glory!

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
Romans 12:9-13

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Happy 11th Birthday Jesula!

Today is our precious little Jesula's 11th birthday!

She is such a precious child!


She is also full of life!


We miss you and we love you.
We can't wait for the day we will always be with you!

See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. Matthew 18:10